Nov 22, 2006 5:09pm
Oprah's Picks #11 - 7/7/89 at JFK
Choosing a 1989 show proved to be a daunting task indeed. The 2 or 3 that everyone knows were out, of course. But the summer shows, wow I never realized how consistently good they are. Only this weekend did I have the chance to seriously listen to most of the SBD's I'd collected from 89.
Stocking up on plenty of cold IPA's, many green Cheerios and Nag Champs incense - I proceeded to set the Wayback machine to 1989. Starting with the Frosts from May 6&7, I achieved liftoff. By the time I did the 3 Shoreline June shows, the ceiling had blown off my room - and I could see stars above me. Listening to the Alpine and Greek shows, my only contact with reality at that point was my remote control.
Realizing the fall shows would be too much, even for me, I knew it was now or never - which show to choose????
1989 was the year that the good Dr. got BACK on the bus after many years. April 9th, 1989. Freedom Hall, Louisville KY. Anybody else???
The parking lot scene alone was worth the price of admission, anybody remember those little yellow Woodstock birds?? Heh heh. But inside the Hall. My God! I had gone there many times for basketball games in my youth. But tonight it didn't even look like the same place. The circular causeways that surrounded the arena got confusing if you were dosed. All the entry ramps looked the same - long tunnels, lined floor to walls with dancing hippies, half naked gypsy girls in Patchouli and Indian saroungs, rastafarian white boys, Rainbows in tye dyes, twirler girls in long vintage skirts and scarfs. Incense and Sage stick smoke was so thick, mixed with reefer, that you could barely see. At the end of the tunnel - the smoke dissolved into what seemed to be a universe of stars and planets - that I could walk right through the end - and off into infinity!!
As my eyes got used to the dark - the stars were indeed lighters held aloft - mixed with the swirling crystal ball lasers.
The multi-colored smoke and lights inside the arena made the walls disappear, and the ever-faster (it seemed) turning lights made the arena suddenly look like a perfectly round spacecraft. We were inside, Jerry was at the controls and the entire arena - by the time Estimated kicked in - started to revolve around and around, and rise into the air !!!
Okay, sorry for the digression. I did come back, I think??!!
Now - the Oprah's Pick - July 7th, 1989 JFK Stadium (no longer there) in PA.
What a show!! It kicks off with a hot Bucket, and never lets up. Loser>Let it Grow - the band is the groove, sparkling!!
And Brent fans - many of you know - this is THE version of Blow Away. Even I like it!!
But Set Two is just what the Dr. ordered. Not a bad song all the way. Not even a bad NOTE. The Scarlet>Fire is just one of the best of the tour, the boys are on fire - not just the mountain! And what a combo - Estimated>SOTM. Ephemeral. Primal. Brain re-arranging. Beautiful and soulful. And the rest of the ride is pure bliss.
If this show doesn't smoke your turkey, I don't know what!!!
Enjoy everybody! Let's all be Grateful Thankful for all this great music we can still share.
Smiles and wishbones out to Direwolf0701, Purple Gel, Arbuthnot, Ashes Rising, Cosmic Charlie - and everyone else out there.
Happy Thanksgiving !!! Crank it up for the Pilgrims. Light it up for the Indians!!
Dr. Flashback :-)
This post was modified by dr. flashback on 2006-11-23 01:09:25